wild frontier Bush pilots, fishermen, tourists, miners, eskimos, and lawyers mingle in remote western alaska. and it’s the mighty king salmon that Brings all their interests together.
By Chuck Thompson • Photography by Pat Ford N ALASKA, “THE WEST” MEANS SOMETHING
different than it does in other places. Across the state it means “western Alaska,” the most rugged, remote, and unsettled major parcel of land left in 78
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the country. It’s the literal embodiment of “frontier,” a word conjured for mostly euphemistic purposes in the rest of the world. In Anchorage and Juneau (where I grew up) and the Inside Passage, where cruise ships bring floating cities from the Lower 48 Cowb oys & I ndI ans